Are Inductions Enough? A Safe365 Perspective

9 March 2018

There is a common perception that inducting a new worker on health and safety means the business is compliant with health and safety legislation. While a health and safety induction is important, it is certainly not the only action or process a business must undertake to ensure it has met both a moral and legislative duty of care to the worker.  We thought we’d share an outline of what is required according to legislation.

The ‘primary duty of care’ is a broad overarching duty which includes, but is not limited to, a business having effective practices in place for:

  1. Providing and maintaining a work environment that is without risks to health and safety
  2. Providing and maintaining safe plant and structures
  3. Providing and maintaining safe systems of work
  4. Ensuring the safe use, handling and storage of plant, structures, and substances
  5. Providing adequate facilities for the welfare of workers when they doing work for your business, including ensuring access to those facilities
  6. Providing any information, training, instruction, or supervision that is necessary to protect all persons from risks to their health and safety arising from the work of your business
  7. Monitoring the health of workers and the conditions at the workplace for the purpose of preventing injury or illness of workers arising from the conduct of the business or undertaking; and
  8. Providing healthy and safe worker accommodation (where required as part of their role).

As you can see, there is a bit more to it than the induction process! In addition, because businesses evolve over time in their operations with new products and services, so to do the risks associated with those operations. Therefore, the risk profile, controls and expectations of the worker performing the operations will also evolve. 

When you overlay the requirements that each director must undertake, overlaid with the requirements of the business itself (outlined above), it is evident that a systematic approach is required to maximise health and safety and minimise exposure to non-compliance. 

Safe365 provides an operating system which considers these requirements and enables users to navigate their way through health and safety systematically, cost effectively and as it suits them. And if you’re wondering… yes, it even covers the worker induction! As the Safe365 strapline says: assess, diagnose and improve.

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